There is an undeniable allure of a place as beautiful as South Tyrol. After our 4 month expedition of the European continent there is one place that's uniqueness, charm and bold, untouched landscape has etched its way into our list of favourite places and that is the little town of Lana and our (luxurious) home-away-from-home, Hotel Schwarzschmied.
Arriving in the region from Lake Garda, we were struck by the enormity of the Dolomites, its mighty cliff faces overseeing the entire valley of apple orchards and vineyards.
The Italian Alps certainly can hold their own!
After passing the region's capital Bolzano, we rolled into Lana and soon realised why German's and Austrian's flock to this town for a weekend of respite from their bustling city lives. Hotel Schwarzschmied is tucked in a quiet corner of the town, with incredible mountains surrounding it providing the perfect back-drop for this thoroughly modern take on typical alpine accommodation.
As we entered our room, we were instantly greeted by the sweet sound of birds chirping and the faint trickle of a nearby stream as beams of sunlight flooded in from the open door to our balcony.
You truly cannot help but begin to inhale and exhale that little bit slower and feel your mind clear.
Of course this is a rather perfect start to the experience as Hotel Schwarzschmied is spa and yoga retreat. The amazing facilities and services even include twice daily yoga (with the teachers being kind enough to instruct in English just for me!). The organic feel to the interiors are comforting and provide continuity with the natural surroundings.
Although we had planned to do much exploring in the region (many great suggestions are given in the daily Schwarzschmied paper including hikes, bike rides and wine tastings) some days J and I simply couldn't bare to tear ourselves away from the beautiful grounds.
Here are just a few reasons why!
1. Two undeniably gorgeous pools (both indoor and outdoor).
2. The most delicious fusion of Italian and German cuisine served through almost the entire day (as part of 3/4 board).
3. A view worth spending hours gazing at in every direction (not to mention wysteria draping from almost all the balconies to enjoy).
That was certainly enough to encourage J and I to switch off and recharge for a few days.
This area was full of pleasant surprises from 69% of the population identifying as German to being one of the biggest producers of apples in Europe! This was definitely not lost on J and I. They were delicious. The staff were even lovely enough to make a champagne apple juice cocktail with apples from a nearby orchard just for me.
For more about what we discovered in Lana and the South Tyrol region check in for my next post!
xx The Strawberry Story